October 6, 2023 —After Careful Consideration, The Admiral at the Lake Forges a New Path Forward While Maintaining Exceptional Senior Living for Chicago-Area Seniors.
CHICAGO, Ill. — The Admiral at the Lake Board of Directors has announced the next chapter in the long history of the iconic senior living community. Over the last several years, and as part of a periodic system review process, The Admiral at the Lake has participated with The Kendal System in assessing, in good faith, the direction of the Kendal System going forward. Concurrently, The Admiral’s Board of Directors has worked through a rigorous process of self-discernment, as The Kendal Corporation was a critical partner in The Admiral’s redevelopment. After much deliberation, The Admiral’s Board of Directors has decided to end its affiliation with the Kendal System.
“The Board of Directors worked closely with expert advisors, our stakeholders, and the management team to analyze the opportunities that exist for The Admiral at the Lake under a variety of scenarios,” shares Laura McKee, Board Chair, “With this new path forward, we will continue to provide elevated senior living services to older adults of Chicago as we have for more than 160 years.”
Through this collaborative process, The Admiral’s team and The Kendal Corporation will work together to ensure a smooth transition, embracing shared values of integrity and excellence. The Admiral at the Lake team estimates this process will take place in incremental steps over the coming months. During this time, the Board of Directors will continue to explore the best ways to expand on the mission of supporting seniors and the strategic plan.
The decision to leave the Kendal System allows The Admiral at the Lake to expand its focus on major business goals, such as exploring innovative technologies and processes – and growing relationships with new partners. Additionally, the organization will explore new efficiencies within its operations and more ways to advance its strategic plan.
“Our mission has been sustained for generations by a commitment to continuous evolution,” remarks Nadia Geigler, Chief Executive Officer, “It was that spirit that led The Admiral at the Lake to redevelop into the community we are today, and it is in that same spirit that we look forward to our vision of being Chicago’s community of choice for vibrant senior living.”
“We at The Kendal Corporation understand the need for change and growth, and we support The Admiral at the Lake’s decision,” said Amy Harrison, Kendal’s Interim CEO and its CFO. “Kendal continues its focus on service, support, innovation and growth, both for Kendal-affiliated organizations as well as future partnerships.”
The Admiral at the Lake continues to evolve its mission, with recent emphasis on cultivating an “always improving” mindset that drives innovation. In this new chapter, the organization looks forward exploring new opportunities to expand its impact and role in the dynamic and ever-changing senior living landscape.
About The Admiral at the Lake
The Admiral at the Lake allows Chicago seniors to experience the city in all its brilliance – the stunning skyline, vibrant neighborhoods, and a cultural depth that few other places in the world can offer – all waiting for you right outside your door.
Founded in 1858, The Admiral at the Lake – Chicago’s first and longest-serving not-for-profit senior living community – is one of a kind. Drawing its name from the historic hotel that once occupied its site, The Admiral has a long history of serving older adults of all faiths and nationalities. As a Life Plan Community, The Admiral offers an elevated retirement with a full continuum of health care services, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Support, Skilled Nursing, and Rehabilitation.
For more information, please visit admiral.kendal.org.